Welcome to the web site for writer Sara Paretsky.

Credited with transforming the mystery through the creation of her female private eye, V I Warshawski, Paretsky’s books are international best sellers, appearing in almost thirty languages.

Sara sits with Cousin Barb in an ancient cave in Crimea Author Sara Paretsky, Photo by Shauna Bittle Sara with the Coffee Pirates in Vienna doing research for Critical Mass. Sara and Mayor Daley at the Harold Washington Awards Banquet. V.I. and Sara meet in front of Buckingham Fountain. Husband Courtenay and agent Dominick Abel help celebrate the Edgar for Grand Master. In the vault at Cartier's Bond Street, Sara gets to handle the real Diamond Dagger. With Stephen King at the 2015 Edgar Dinner


Dead Land is now available in paperback at bookstores everywhere. If you’d like a personalized copy, you can order one from Women and Children First.

Dead Land by Sara Paretsky








Kirkus Reviews has included Dead Land as one of the best mysteries for 2020. You can see the full list, here.


You can hear  a recent program of a conversation between Sara and author Margaret Kinsman, sponsored by the Chicago Hyde Park Village, here until January 16.

The video starts with a welcome and introduction.  The conversation between Sara Paretsky and Margaret Kinsman begins at 05:20.  



July 26, 2021 // Over the weekend, I submitted what I hope will be the final version of my 23rd novel. The working title is Double Dirty, but I’ve struggled so much with this novel that I’ve been calling it Ugly Baby. My mother told me that I was such an ugly baby she couldn’t bear to have pictures […]